In an NPR interview last week, Kelly Sue DeConnick talked about how some fans reacted to her reimagining of Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers went from a long-sleeved bathing suit with thigh-high boots to a full-cover flight suit, and that among other changes caused an outcry of “feminist agenda” and “angry feminism.”
To paraphrase DeConnick, who seems fairly laid back and thick skinned but doesn’t like the internet jumping on her any more than anyone else would, she responded with “This is not angry feminist. You want to see angry feminist? Let me show it to you.”
Out of that came Bitch Planet, a stand-alone series from Image Comics. A graphic novel of the first five issues came out last week, and I had no idea what to expect when I started it; I had some vague idea I might be offended, and that it’d either be some campy cheesecake prison fluff, or enraged political propaganda.
Turns out, it’s hilarious, and at the same time incredibly powerful, if you’re not the easily offended type. There’s tons of nudity, and the men in this world are most definitely the bad guys, but if you can jump past any knee-jerk reactions you have to those things, you’ll find a funny, intelligent, very entertaining book.